Meet our Partners
- OUR COMMUNITY-
Meet your neighbors! Each passionate about their purpose, masters at their craft, and committed to creating the best of the best for you and me to enjoy.
Still Life Farm, Hardwick, MA
Year Round Vegetables and Fruits
Halley & Curtis Stillman
Once the Hardwick Poor Farm, circa 1850, Still Life Fruit Farm is flourishing today thanks to the efforts of owners and husband and wife team, Curtis and Halley.
Curtis purchased Still Life Farm in May of 2010 and has been reclaiming the property ever since, removing large stands of invasive multi-flora rose and planting new orchards and row crops! He is a graduate of University of Massachusetts with a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science. He spent his younger years learning to farm alongside his father Glenn, who owns Stillman's Farm. Curtis aspires to grow the business into a diverse fruit and vegetable farm.
Halley is a graduate of Friends University in Wichita KS. She graduated with a B.S. in both Field Biology and Zoo Science. She has vegetable growing experience at Stillman's Farm and Bear Hill Farm, and her many years as a volunteer at Heifer Project in Rutland, MA make her an old hand at animal husbandry.
Curtis and Halley were married in August of 2014 and have been running the farm together full-time ever since, welcoming the next generation of farmers with the birth of their son, Kip, in the winter of 2020.
Benoit's Farm Hardwick, Ma
Longhorn Cattle Farm
Sydney & Josh
Benoit’s Farm started as a small homestead in Central Ma in 2017. Slowly we started transitioning into a farm that is capable of offering our area with a variety of meats that were raised with 0% antibiotics or hormones and, 100% respect. Our Longhorn Cattle are not only beautiful to look at but they typically offer a magnificent beef source that has lower fat and cholesterol than other commercial breeds. Longhorn cattle is known for their leaner ground beef and outstanding marbling that makes all their steaks mouth watering to even look at!
Josh and Sydney starting raising livestock with the goal of producing sustainably raised animals that could supply our family with the protein sources needed that were raised and processed humanely. Every animal on our farm is given the respect of growing up with a name, no animal here is not worthy of being named! Our animals are grass-fed and seasonly supplemented with nutritiously appropriate dietary additives to maintain a complete diet. In the past couple years we have been able to raise more animals to meet our growing families need and now, offer some of our products to the public. Although we are not a large scale farm our animals are all raised with a large amount of heart.
Front Yard Farm - Ware, MA
Heirloom Fruits & Vegetables, Free Range Eggs
Kelly Wheeler & Chris Allard
It all started with their desire to grow their own food - and it all started in their front yard. Today Kelly and Chris produce vegetables, fruits, and eggs on multiple acres and in several greenhouses.
All our products are raised using sustainable practices that feed the soil and utilize methods like crop rotation and row covering to avoid the use of harmful pesticides. We believe that for our gardens to be truly healthy, we need to support habitat for beneficial insects. We do this by avoiding pesticides and planting a large diversity of crops to support the "good bugs". Although we use a Beyond Organic methodology that is free from harmful pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs we are not certified by the USDA. However, we are committed to ensuring the health of our community and our environment which deeply informs our farming practices. Chemical free is the way to be!
Farmer Matt - West Brookfield, MA
Grass Fed and Finished Beef
West Brookfield, MA local, Farmer Matt, manages 265 acres of farmland in the Brookfields and surrounding towns. Much of the land he farms has been certified organic since 2015.
Farmer Matt also offers custom haymaking for many of the local farms and serves as the Chair for the Agricultural Commission in town.
The Petrie Family Farm - Brimfield, MA
Chemical Free Produce, Herbs & Flowers, Homestead Livestock Supply, Perennial & Vegetable Plants.
Though this property has been a sufficiency farm as far as I can trace, my parents William and Garma Petrie started their homestead here in 1982. Clydesdale horses dragged the logs from the forest for my father to build our home and sugar shack, while my mother planted crops and raised goats, chickens and rabbits. "Herbal Delights" was my mother's plant stand, where she shared her love of culinary and homeopathic herbs. Many of the varieties she grew can still be found here today! In 2015, I restarted the family farm in their honor. It has since grown, not only to sustain us, but a portion of our community as well. The Petrie Family farm grows non-GMO heirloom vegetables, fruits and herbs. We raise heritage animals and provide animals to other homesteads and hobby farmers.
In November, 2021, we were proud to be able to purchase this company, Farmer at the Door. After working with the prior owner since it's start it was the right fit for us as the right time. We hope you enjoy our vast selections and great customer service from our whole team!
Info on us can be found on www.petriefamilyfarm.com
The Bread Box Co - Sturbridge, MA
Hand Crafted Fresh Breads and Baked Goods
Tamsin Lucey's parents managed British Pubs; her teen years were spent preparing traditional pub food from scratch. She has cooked from scratch ever since. Now in the USA, she draws on those years of experience every day baking for The Bread Box Company. Tamsin uses traditional home baking methods to make all her artisan breads and baked products. She believes strongly in health through clean foods and preserving our land for generations to come. Tamsin proudly uses locally sourced farm-fresh and organic products as available. Her ingredients are non GMO, and contain no preservatives or artificial ingredients.
Brynne's Bread - Oakham, MA
Organic Breads & Baked Goods
Brynne Stark discovered her love for baking bread in her mid 20’s. Tired of the tasteless bread available in your typical supermarket, she decided to see what it took to bake a loaf of bread. Since that first loaf, Brynne’s appreciation for the simple ingredients of bread has grown. Being a believer in local foods, local farms and local business, Brynne has made sure to include not only the highest quality ingredients, but ingredients that might come from your neighbor or even the farm up the road.
Beginning by baking for a few friends and family, Brynne's Bread now has a large local following. Brynne continues to grow as a baker, attending workshops such as the Kneading Conference in Skowhegan, Maine and Shaping French Breads at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, VT. In 2017, Brynne and her husband Chris built a wood-fired, earthen oven, and in 2019 they built an adorable traveling bread caravan to take her goods to market.
Frederyque's Delights - Ware, MA
Organic Pies, Cakes & Cupcakes
Frederyque used to hate cooking or anything of the sorts. Then, after she married her husband she started trying to bake - and fell in love. First she mastered pies, then moved on to cupcakes, cakes, and muffins, eventually branching out into breads, pastries, and gluten free baking. Frederyque has found her passion and is constantly trying new things, all the while honoring a commitment to using local produce and organic ingredients. This passion has become a family business, with her husband William helping out with decorating and administrative tasks until their daughter gets older and joins in too.
G0lden Goose Poultry, Ware Ma.
Homegrown Hero Certified Hay, poultry, free range chicken, chicken eggs, duck and goose eggs
Rachel & Luke McGarr Woman & Veteran owned and operated
Rachael and Luke have been farming together together 6.5 years. Rachael started at a very young age with chickens and bunnies. She quickly fell in love with horses and the equine world. After a long stint as a working student for several excellent instructors she moved into a career of heavy equipment operation with IUOE Local 4. In her spare time she continued to dabble in agricultural pursuits including hay, cranberries, herbs, and pastured poultry. She enjoys finding solutions to problems in a forward thinking manner using all the resources we have available to us today. Mixing her two loves of farming and horses she is looking forward to using equines in all of Birch Hill Farm's future endeavors. Luke started working in the agricultural field while attending Bristol County Agricultural H.S. First working in the fields making hay and chopping corn for the school as well working in the dairy barn. After high school he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Iraq war. He still to this day serves in the Army Reserves where his love and dedication for service has transferred to his other passions; service to his community by providing nutrient dense food for a healthier sustainable community. Luke is the farm's Mr. Fix it and you will frequently find him tinkering away repairing equipment or doing maintenance. He loves historic machines and especially breathing life back into older farm tractors and classic trucks. Since moving to West Brookfield in late 2020 we have really expanded our vision for the future and look forward to growing with our new neighbors. We raise quality free range poultry as well as rabbits, goats and pastured/forest raised pigs. We make and sell local and NY hay.
Baffoni's Chicken Farm, Johnston R.I.
Chicken & Turkey products
The Baffoni Family since 1935
As a family owned and operated business, we firmly believe in the environmental and economic benefits of providing farm fresh poultry to the local community. We also believe in the humane treatment of our birds, and work hard to provide them with a nourishing habitat in which they can thrive. When the birds are a day old, we have them securely and safely shipped from a hatchery to our farm. We do this to ensure the birds are raised in an environment that meets our high standards. We feed our poultry a wholesome diet that is regimented, consistent, and absolutely free of any antibiotics, hormones, or meat by-products of any kind. Our on-site slaughterhouse allows us to sell, quite literally, the freshest poultry possible without it ever being previously frozen. Our high standards and farm-to-table mentality has driven four generations of Baffoni’s to provide the finest and freshest quality cage-free poultry to loyal customers, since 1935.
Farley's Farm, Barre Ma
Lotion, goatsmilk & beeswax products
Hi, my name is Brittney Erickson and I’m the owner of Farley’s Farm in Barre, MA. We raise and breed ADGA registered and unregistered Nigerian Dwarf goats. Kids are available every spring! I specialize in handmade goat milk soaps and lotions using organic ingredients and pure essential oils, your skin will absolutely love them! I also handcraft beeswax products such as beard balm, lotion bars, salves and lip balm. For your Thanksgiving dinner, we pasture raise turkeys that range from 15 to 30 pounds. Grain fed and hormone free, you’ll love our farm fresh turkey at the first bite! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@farleysfarm20) to see more of what we do and thank you for shopping small.
Grimes Apiary, Brookfield MA
Our beekeeping interest started in 1981 when Donald Grimes wanted an agricultural hobby, and gravitated toward the one his uncle and great uncle enjoyed, even though he didn't like the taste of the honey his parents bought from the store. That year Donald attended the Worcester County Beekeepers Association annual bee school. After the completion of bee school, Donald purchased his first hive from legendary beekeeper Frank Lagrant of Ware, MA. He found the hives very interesting and would sit watching the honeybees fly in and out, wondering what actually was happening within the hive.
During Donald’s first year as a beekeeper he was only able to harvest 6 meager pounds of honey. While extracting it, Donald decided to try the fresh honey from his hive and to his surprise it was actually delicious - nothing like the honey that his parents purchased from the grocery store.
It has now been 32 years since Donald purchased his first hive. With the support of family and friends, Grimes Apiary has evolved from a single hive to a successful business serving the surrounding towns with 100% natural, pure, delicious raw honey and bee products.
Tutti Quanti Fiskdale Ma
Procurer of fine Italian goods
Laurie & Mike Placella
Tutti Quanti is an authentic Italian market, where you will find the highest quality imported Italian products, and personal service. We have amazing oils, vinegars, cheese, olives, cured meats, pasta, desserts and so much more imported from Italy.
Mike is a retired VP of Sales and Laurie is a Paraprofessional for 4th Grade at Burgess Elementary, right here in Sturbridge. We have been Sturbridge residents for over 25 years and have two sons, Michael 28 and Gino 23 years old.
We love being active participants in this community and now Tutti Quanti is our way to stay connected and serve.
Please stop by! We’d love to see you.
Sturbridge Coffee House, Sturbridge Ma
Coffee House & Community Supporter
Sturbridge Coffee House brews great coffee and provides fresh and creative meals to their customers- but that's not all. Pia focuses on supporting local vendors and has their merchandise for sale inside her shop. Her free pantry box provides donations to those in need and you can always find creative & friendly people in her unique shop!
Turnabout Farm Baked Goods, Brookfield, MA
Small Batch Homemade Jams
Lee Fernandez has been farming all her life. Sixteen years ago her family bought a small farm in Brookfield, where she lives today with her hubby, horses, dogs, cats, and one ridiculous rabbit. Creating foods from healthy, clean, responsibly raised produce has always been important to Lee, but now that her family is expanding it has become a mission - only the best for her treasured grandchildren.
Lee's jams are special - they are fruity delicious and very low in sugar. Almost all of the fruits she uses are grown locally. What she does not grow herself comes from fellow farmers who are as conscious of the dangers of chemicals and GMO's as Lee is. All her jams are gluten free, dairy free and vegan, and include a wide selection with wonderful flavor combinations. Give them a try and remember what a jam should taste like!
Little Rest Farm, Brimfield, MA
Chemical free vegetables
I started Little Rest Farm in 2009 after moving to Brimfield the previous year. You may have seen me at the Brimfield, Worcester or West Brookfield farmers’ markets from 2009-2013 selling seedlings and vegetables, before taking time off to become a full time Dad. Now that my kids are getting more independent, I’ve decidedly to get back into farming. Just as I was back then, I’m stilling growing my vegetables sustainably and chemical free.
Maple Ledge Farm
Maple syrup & Maple products
Debbie and John Stevens
Maple Ledge Farm has been producing maple Products at their sugarhouse located at 131 Vinton rd, Holland mass since 1999.
Maple trees are tapped the beginning of February, sap is gathered and we start boiling by the end of the month. Sap flows best when the nights are freezing and the days are warm and sunny. And doesn’t flow if it is too warm or too cold. Water from the sap is removed using a wood fired evaporator until it is near syrup and and then is filtered and finished in a gas finishing pan. Some of the syrup is used to make maple candy and maple cream.
Visitors are welcome on the weekends from the end of February and through March, but it is best to call ahead or check our facebook status to make sure we are boiling. We host a free pancake breakfast on Saturday and Sunday during the third weekend of March and host private parties (school groups, scouts, etc) as scheduled.
You can find our more about our sugarhouse and the maple sugaring process or contact us at:
Harms Family Farm, Brookfield MA
Pure Maple Syrup
Lucas & Sonya Harms
Luke has been producing delicious maple syrup since 2006 in Maine and Massachusetts and Sonya has been working on and managing farms from Massachusetts to California since 2007, and making amazing maple syrup with Luke since 2011.
At Harms Family Farm we are dedicated to producing food that is healthy for the earth and all its inhabitants. We are passionate about producing the highest quality and best tasting maple syrup for your eating enjoyment. This is why we use only a wood fired evaporator and filter through cotton. No fancy machines, just the way it’s been done for generations.
Spice by Rachel Sweet
Handcrafted organic spice mixes
Spice by Rachel Sweet combines a love of healthy delicious food and a mission to bring it within easy reach of the home cook. Rachel aims to make unique and flavorful dishes practical for weeknight meals. All ingredients are the highest quality organic spices available and are listed by country on her packets.
Rachel's spices are blended to perfection, come with recipe cards and are in plant based packing. What's not to love?
Jay's Wicked - Ware, MA
Small Batch Gourmet BBQ & Hot Sauces and Spice Blends
Jason & Shannon Green
Jay's Wicked is owned and operated by husband and wife team Jason and Shannon Green.
Jason has been a chef since 2002. When you taste his food you know he loves his job! He has a knack for using science to amp up his creations, leaving you with an amazing spectrum of flavor combinations. Shannon is a student of herbalism and an advocate for sustainable farming practices. Together the couple produces their small batch, all natural sauces at the Western Mass Food Processing Center in Greenfield, MA, sourcing as many local ingredients as possible. Their dedication to using locally derived ingredients has earned them membership in CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture).
Currently they source from:
Hubbard's Dry Brook Farm - Sunderland, Ma; Autumn Morning Farm - Barre, Ma;
Squash, Inc. - Belchertown, Ma.
The majority of their products are vegan, they use no gluten ingredients, they have a focus on sustainable product packaging... and as their motto goes, they'll help you easily "Enhance the Flavor of Anything".
Camp Ashleigh Photos, Holland Ma
Nature photos, cards & magnets
Here at Camp Ashleigh, we’re all about finding the magic! Whether it’s catching the light on the water, finding feathers on the path, planting flowers or carving out time to make memories - small moments tend to matter most. My wish is to bring some of that magic into focus and share with others as a reminder of the beauty within our ordinary lives. We don’t have to look far to find it - it's waiting for us to see it! With each purchase, a ripple continues. I thank you.
Janice Dunham's Kitchen - Ware, MA
Small Batch Beer, Wine & Fruit Jellies
Janice Dunham started off as a small home bakery and now also makes beer and wine jelly with Tree House Brewery Beer and Hardwick Winery Wine. Janice makes each batch one pot at a time.
Janice likes spending time with her family, shooting archery, and taking care of her oxen and chickens (which is where the logo comes from).
Venezia Farms- Brimfield, Ma
Vermicast, Worms & Mushrooms
Venezia Farms is a family run wormery in Brimfield MA that produces incredibly diverse worm castings that we call "vermicast". We start by using three different species of composting worms which provide a great variety of beneficial microbes and bacteria. These worms live and thrive in a Commercial Flow Through (CFT) bin that allows for great air flow, moisture and space for the worms to move. The CFT also gives us access to vermicast without disturbing the worms and fungi network. We are also able to age our product for longer than 60 days within the CFT which creates an ideal aerobic environment for beneficial bacteria, nematodes and fungi to live and grow until we harvest and deliver to our customers. To practice our charter of sustainability the farm is completely off grid.
Our recipe for feeding the worms consists of diverse nutrient rich inputs. All the compost we use has been put through a full thermophilic decomposition process with temperatures above 131 for at least 3 days. Other inputs include organic food scraps, spent mushroom blocks and aged wood chips. This combination makes for great additions to seed starting mixes, top dressing indoor plants and feeding a 24 hour compost tea.